Aiden Dallas
3 min readMay 12, 2023

When it comes to education, a one-size-fits-all approach can leave you feeling uncertain about your future, let alone what you want to do for the rest of your life. Pre-apprenticeships in schools (PAiS) are Certificate II programs that offer an alternative to traditional schooling, allowing you to explore career pathways and opportunities while still undertaking secondary education. These school-based apprenticeships are engineered to prepare you for an electrician apprenticeship further down the line, providing an environment where you can build and develop industry connections and access exciting employment opportunities.

Get a head start over your peers

If you’ve ever felt unsatisfied with your secondary education, you have probably wondered, ‘can I start an apprenticeship while I’m at school’? With a pre-apprenticeship, the answer is yes. One of the key benefits of pre-apprenticeship programs is how they distinguish you from your peers who are leaving high school without real-world experience. The knowledge and skills you develop, not to mention the industry networks you will become a part of, will set you apart and position your foot firmly in the door of future employers, with many courses providing opportunities for direct recruitment into the workforce.

Get a taste of your future before you’ve graduated

Committing to years of study straight out of high school can be an intimidating prospect — how do you know what you really want to do? School-based apprenticeships remove the guesswork, allowing you to dive into the world of professional trades before you’ve even graduated. Your experience will be recognised in the awarding of study credits, which will give you a head start in your future education and increase your chances of successfully completing an apprenticeship down the line (source: Adult Learning Australia). There’s no better time to sign up for an electrical pre-apprenticeship, with half-price courses and capped fees making these courses more accessible than ever before.

Develop future-ready skills

The electro-technology industry is at the forefront of energy innovation, making it a major player in determining how our lives and lifestyles will be powered well into the future. Invest in yourself by gaining the knowledge and skills that comprise this dynamic and ever-growing industry while building a strong foundation that places a focus on practical experience as well as theoretical know-how. Doing so will hone your skill set, build a wealth of connections, and, most importantly, take the first step in securing your future career.

An alternative to traditional schooling (non-ATAR)

Despite its dominance in the secondary school environment, ATAR is not for everyone and can even be an annoying distraction when you’ve got your sights set on vocational training. Pre-apprenticeships offer an opportunity to start exploring these options before you even graduate. CET augments the traditional learning experience by giving you access to their vast range of industry connections, including advice from industry partners and access to specialist equipment. Our singular focus on the field of electrical training means that we are not weighed down by the complexities of offering courses across diffuse and unrelated disciplines, making us dynamic and responsive to the trends and hot issues of the electro-technology industry.

Kick start your career with an electrical pre-apprenticeship at CET

Does an electrical pre-apprenticeship sound like the right fit for you? Sign up for one of the below courses and take control of your future career.

UEE22020 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) Pre-apprenticeship (A114)

UEE22020 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) Pre-apprenticeship (AA41) (PAiS)




Aiden Dallas

As a freelance copywriter I love the flexibility of working anywhere across the globe and all the opportunities that come with it.